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12 Month Contest!

That means a whole year of contests, free projects and great prizes!

Let me tell you what’s been going on …

In January Moda announced a contest and assigned 12 different designers a month …


So lets see … 12 months, 12 contests, 12 designers and lots of prizes!

On the 5th of each month a new contest begins and each designer will announce their unique contest and project on social media.

On the 5th of the following month winners will be chosen and the next designer will be announced. It’s kind of a contest relay race!

For more details visit the original Moda post here.

Anyway … Today is the 5th and we’re up!

Our special contest project is called “Easy TableRunner” … Click here to get your free pattern.


We’ve asked a few of our special quilting friends to help launch our month of fun. They were each given the free pattern and were asked to make a table runner.  The only rule was that they must use Moda fabrics. They could use any collection from any Moda designer. The rules are really simple!

I was in awe when I saw the runners!


Give 10 different quilters the same pattern and hold on to your hats!! I love how they’re all completely different!

Now your task is to do something creative like our group!

Look what Fran came up with!


Simply print our free pattern and make a table runner using any Moda fabrics.

Post a picture of your creation on Instagram using  #meandmysisterdesigns #easytablerunner or #12contestmeandmysisterdesigns … or why not all 3!!

If you don’t use Instagram you can also enter by emailing a picture to barb@meandmysisterdesigns.com

I’ll be posting one, two or maybe 3 of the runners here on our blog weekly throughout the month. I’ll also be re posting on Instagram … so check in often to see what everyone is doing.


Judy made this super cute table runner for her pets! Those are some lucky dogs that will be eating in style.

Our contest ends on April 5th and the winners will be chosen at random. One winner per each #hashtag and email. That’s 4 winners! So enter often (that means as many times as you like).


Each winner will receive a copy of our new 12 Pack Quilts book, plus a “Red Dot Green Dash” layer cake, jelly roll and charm pack. This fabric group will not ship to the stores until May. So enter our contest and you could win something nobody else has!

I can’t wait to see what you create!!

Here’s another table runner from our start up group to get your creative juices flowing  … Can’t wait to see yours!!


Charlene embellished her adorable table runner with some of our “Makin it Cute” flowers.

Bring on those table runners!






Pajama Party!

Mary and I have been traveling girls for these past few weeks!


Our latest adventure landed us in Hamilton, Missouri and at the Missouri Star Quilt Company where
we hosted a 4 day Pajama Party sleepover event. It’s just not that unusual to see quilters in pajamas on the streets of Hamilton!

And as you know, you must wear pajamas at any sleepover, and these sisters came ready to party.


It looks like I just woke up  … no wait  … my hair always looks like that!!

We sewed the days away …


And 3 lucky birthday girls got a surprise guest visit and birthday song by the infamous Marilyn Monroe.


Our days were spent sewing, eating and having fun.


On the second night we broke into teams and dressed bears for charity.
The participants had 2 short hours to create outfits for the bears completely from a pile of scraps and trims.


Trash digging was allowed but they couldn’t use anything from their stash.
The results were incredible.


The bears were put on display in the main store the following day and the customers voted for their favorite bear.

This was the winner complete with a quilt!


The winners were announced the following evening and got to share the grand prize basket.


The bears were donated to the Hamilton Police and Fire Departments.


Thanks for all the great memories Missouri Star!






Bundle S-T-R-E-T-C-H !!

I occasionally receive emails and pictures from quilters that have made things with our fabrics. I love getting them and I’m always amazed at what you all come up with.
Sometimes I get something extra special.

Meet Nancy, the “Stretch Your Fat 8th Bundle To The Max Quilter!

Nancy gave herself a challenge to create as many things that she could using one of our fat eighth bundles.

I think you’ll agree the results are awesome!!

For quilt #1 she used the “Rainbow Rail Fence” pattern by That Patchwork Place.


She used Minky on the back and she had never used it before but she liked the result.
She cut 3, 2 x 22 inch strips from the fat eighths and added one orange from her stash.

For quilt #2 she had a 3 inch strip left so she made a jelly roll race quilt.


She cut the 2.5 inch strip in half and added applique. So cute!!

For quilt #3 she used remainders of the fat eighth scraps.


And resized the Turning Twenty block .

She STILL had a few remaining strips! So she made quilt #4 with 2 inch pieces!


Now on to quilt 5!


Left over pieces including left over backing and binding contributed to this 22.5 inch Trip around the World.

She will donate this quilt to the Boise Basin Quilters Guild for their Baby Quilt Project.

Unbelievable and well done Nancy! You’re so creative and managed to do more from that small bundle than I could have ever imagined.

Thank you for being so creative, I’m truly in awe of your talents!!

Visit Nancy on her Facebook page … Nancy’s Quilts in Nampa, Idaho.






Sew Sampler!

I’ve been away from the office too much lately, and I’m finally digging into my newest Sew Sampler Box!


It’s such a treat to see this little blue box filled with fun stuff every month.
I’m sure to need this new rotary blade …

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Because I’m also opening a few more new boxes!

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Happy Fabric Cutting Day!






Mary and I will be teaching in Hamilton, Missouri at the Missouri Star Quilt Company!


The retreat starts on Wednesday February 15th at 10am and runs through Saturday February 18th at 11am.

We had a full house, but recently a few more beds opened up!

That means more quilters can come … Go here to sign up and for more details.

Thursday night we have a surprise charity event planned that involves Teddy Bears. There will be some team sewing and a grand prize … that’s all I’m saying!!

We have a fun filled “sew in your pajamas day” planned on Friday. Hair fixes optional.

We’ll also have lots of prizes, gifts and even a few bonus projects.

So bring your friends and wear your most comfortable pajamas … See you soon in Hamilton!!

Happy Quilting!






Boxy Rectangle Dresden!

When Mary first showed me the sketches for this quilt, I didn’t know what to think.

I’d never seen anything like it!


I’ll bet you haven’t either!

Making the 3 different sizes of Dresden wedges you’ll need for these blocks is so easy using the ruler.


To help here is another video tutorial we filmed at the Fat Quarter Shop

It’s always nice to have a little video for support!


To make a great quilt you need the right tools.
Our pattern will give you the measurements to use on the ruler and tips for joining the different size wedges.


All the fabrics used in this quilt were done with Me and My Sister fabrics. It includes fabric from over 40 of our past collections.

Mary gets to keep the sample as a keepsake.

Our rule has always been … whomever makes the sample quilt, gets to keep the quilt someday. I’ve talked her out of a few over the years and I’m hoping I can talk her out of this one someday but I’m not holding my breath.

Get your Double Wide Dresden Patterns and Ruler at the Fat Quarter Shop today!

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It was so much fun filming them for all of you and I hope you’ve enjoyed watching them during this week long event!

Hooray for Double Wide Dresdens!!


And that’s a wrap!!





Dragonfly Dresden!

Today brings another fresh and unique design …


And we’re making Dragonflies!

We recently traveled to the Fat Quarter Shop to film some tutorials using the new ruler and we have another one for you today …

Some simple piecing makes the dragonfly bodies and provides the basic block foundation.


The Dresden wedges are simply sewn together to form wings that are then sewn onto the base blocks!

How simple is that! The camera man actually gave us a thumbs up!

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There are 4 different sizes of Dragonflies and you’ll get instructions for making all the different sizes in the pattern.


Our quilter, Sharon Elsberry quilted a different simple pattern in each colored section.


I love the color block setting  … it goes from orange to purple in color bands.


This quilt certainly doesn’t look like an old fashioned Dresden!

I hope you’re enjoying all the tutorials. We certainly had fun filming them.


Visit our shopping cart above or the Fat Quarter Shop to get your ruler today!

Happy Quilting!






Beach Ball Dresden!

love, Love LOVE this quilt!


I think it might be because it uses a jelly roll …


One of my favorite precuts.

Here’s today’s Fat Quarter Shop video tutorial for making this quilt even easier …

You’ll be making strips sets to get these “two color” wedges and the pattern will walk you through it step by step.


All you need now is a ruler of your very own!


Mary certainly is a serious while she’s filming!


That probably why she’s doing it and not me.

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Get your ruler and all the new patterns at the Fat Quarter Shop today!

I’m running off to make a Beach Ball!






Original Double Wide Dresden!

This is the quilt that planted the seed and started it all!


I never thought that I would make a Dresden quilt.
I’ve always loved them but I don’t applique (in fact I’ve been kicked out of two classes)! I’ve actually been waiting for someone (like my sister) to make me a quilt for years … and yes, I’m still waiting.


Now I can make my own and it’s so easy.
We filmed this short video recently at the Fat Quarter Shop

See how easy this is!!


Today’s behind the scenes photo from our filming at the Fat Quarter Shop


Love these girls and you’re gonna love this ruler


And all the possibilities that await!






Double Wide Dresden Ruler!

We have a new ruler!

We introduced it at this past Quilt Market in Houston and it’s been doing very well!


It puts a new twist on the traditional Dresden block and makes it fast, fun and easy!!
Our Dresden plates are twice as wide as the traditional version and have a secondary star pattern in the center. This means no raw edges, half the work and no hand applique!

Learn to manipulate the sizes of your Dresden plate and the center star pattern by simply using your ruler.

Arrange different size wedges to create unique blocks!!


Your going to love making our updated Dresden.

We recently visited the Fat Quarter Shop and filmed some tutorials that will make using our ruler even simpler.

Here’s a peek of the behind the scenes goings on …


Both Mary and Kimberly are so professional prepping for the next step.

Fat Quarter Shop will feature a new tutorial every day this week to help you through all 4 of our new projects. I’ll be showing a different behind the scenes photo everyday too.

There are easy to follow instructions on the inside wrapper of the ruler but the patterns will make things even easier with all the tips and tricks.

The original Double Wide Dresden pattern started it all …

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And these 3 projects followed shortly after …

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I can’t wait to show you all the new stuff we’re working on! Look for even MORE unique patterns coming soon.

Our new ruler cuts the work in half, there are no raw edges and you get a secondary star pattern in the center … Not your mothers Dresden!


Get your Double Wide Dresden Ruler today!



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